Archive for: diffractive optics

Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO

A new patent showing an optical formula for an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO has made an appearance. The patent also shows what appears to be a new 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO optical formula. Canon appears to be continuing their investment in diffractive optics R&D, though we haven’t seen a new DO lens in quite some time. I don’t think we’ll see a new 100-400 with the technology, and with the current 70-300L being pretty small and light, I’m not sure we’d see a new 70-300 DO either. It’s good to see they continue to develop the lens concepts though, and hopefully we see some new ones in the coming years.

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-89385
    • Publication date 2014.5.15
    • Filing date 2012.10.31
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 3.78
    • Focal length f = 103.00-200.00-388.94mm
    • Fno. 4.63-5.24-5.83
    • Half angle ω = 11.86-6.17-3.18 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 228.82-273.58-303.10mm total length
    • BF 69.48-90.93-105.73mm
  • Example 6
    • Zoom ratio 4.00
    • Focal length f = 72.50-135.00-289.99mm
    • Fno. 4.44-5.04-5.85
    • Half angle ω = 16.62-9.10-4.27 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 143.91-177.69-203.15mm total length
    • BF 39.10-39.10-39.10mm

Source: [EG




Patent: EF 400 f/4 DO IS II

Patent: EF 400 f/4 DO IS II

Another DO patent
We haven’t seen a new DO lens in a long time, but the patents haven’t stopped. It looks like Canon is continuing the R&D, I’d love to see it go somewhere.

Interpretation and self-description of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-64858
  • 2013.4.11 Release Date
  • Filing date 2011.9.16

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 392.12mm
  • Fno. 4.12
  • Half angle of ω = 3.16 °
  • Image height Y = 21.64mm
  • 262.14mm length lens
  • BF 69.97mm
  • Two fluorite
  • Materials and anomalous partial dispersion DOE to use, reduce the chromatic aberration
  • Refractive power of the diffractive surface
  • Strong, but can reduce the chromatic aberration of the element itself, flare increases
  • The weaker, other optical element DOE play a role
  • Refractive optical unit
  • DOE anomalous partial dispersion and bonding materials
  • DOE aspherical surface on the opposite side of the
  • Vibration control
  • Inner Focus

Source: [EG] | Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS


Patent: 600 f/4 DO IS & 400 f/2.8 DO IS

Patent: 600 f/4 DO IS & 400 f/2.8 DO IS

Patent Time!
More diffractive optic patents from Canon. This time, another 600 f/4 IS DO lens and a 400 f/2.8 DO IS.

With the cost of the new super telephotos from Canon, I can’t imagine what new DO lenses would cost.

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Patent: New Diffractive Optic Patents

Patent: New Diffractive Optic Patents

More DO Lenses?
A few patents in regards to diffractive optics have come about. 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS, 14 f/2.8 DO and a 600 f/4 DO IS.

Diffractive optic patents keep coming up, though no new products are being announced. It does appear Canon is invested in the technology and thinks there is a market for it. I am a big fan of the 400 DO and hope to see longer DO lenses in the future.

Read more about the patents after the break.

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Diffractive 200 f/2, 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8, 600 f/4 Patent

Diffractive 200 f/2, 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8, 600 f/4 Patent

Patent literature, self-interpretation and summary
A lot of diffractive optics patents have come about over the years, and we have yet to see a new product to join the 400 f/4 DO or 70-300 DO. Canon obviously sees value in the technology as they continue to research it.

Patent Publication No. 2012-2999

  • 2012.1.5 Release Date
  • Filing date 2010.6.16

Benefits of diffractive optical elements

  • Can simultaneously reduce the chromatic aberration correction and lens length
  • Perform light lens design
  • Canon’s patented
  • Type Tele Photo
  • The first lens group
  • Aspherical surface having a diffraction
  • Reduce the number of lighter
  • Spherical aberration is corrected by using a non-
  • The second lens group
  • Inner Focus

Source: [EG]